And how quick, and mighty, and prevailing are the truths of the gospel for the furtherance of grace, and the increase of heavenly comfort in the soul; depths of wisdom newly discovered; rays of consolation beaming forth; lights of unearthly brightness successively rising to the eye of faith.(J. We have to do with God as our PRESERVER. In any operation even the women sit unmoved. It is not that on equal terms and with equal rights God and the man meet together to think out and to talk out the thing that was, and that is, and that shall be. The word of God is as a seed, within it is the code that can reproduce the original in you. He is the life, He has life in Himself, and He came to quicken and to give us life abundantly. Difficult because the Bible says that the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. What is law without the power of enforcing it? Discriminating.7. No created being can wear mask or veil in that Presence; all things are bare and naked, all things are exposed and opened; the head that would bend and bow itself, in conscious guilt and shame, before the fierce light of the Presence, is lifted (such perhaps is the figure) and thrown back in full exposure before the eye of the Examiner and the Judge, "unto whom," so the sentence ends, "our word is"; " with whom" — according to the beautiful paraphrase which no later version will wish or dare to improve away — "with whom we have to do."I. The speech of the man to his God must presuppose and proceed upon the speech of God to the man. It reveals to man the innermost meaning of his own nature and of the supernatural planted within him. Hebrews 4:12-13 For the word of God is alive and active. Order diversified, which is a true description of Nature, tells of a power which is no brute force; in other words, of a mind at work in its exercise. The representation of the text ought to enhance our estimation of the Divine Word. Let us all acknowledge the power of this wonderful Word. He has given a law; and all things — the sun, the moon, the planets, the stars — have laws; summer and winter, autumn and spring, have all their laws and appointed times — the clouds have their laws, and the light above — everything has its laws; and do you Suppose the moral world hath no law, that the great God hath left the mind and spirit without anything to control or guide it? Jones, D. D.)The Divine WordA. THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND ACTIVE THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND ACTIVE 12 For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and is able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart. It is not that on equal terms and with equal rights God and the man meet together to think out and to talk out the thing that was, and that is, and that shall be. The "Word" of account was the first thought of the text. Now, if God made us, and not we ourselves, if the faculties of our mind, if the energies of our heart, if the wondrous proportions of our body, are all from Him, then can we ever be separate from God? Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Hebrews 4:12. )The eyes of Him with whom we have to doGod over allH. The potent influence of the Word is often for a long period concealed from the outward world in the depths of the soul. )God knows allGold Dust. 4. 1. "Mother," asked a child, "since nothing is ever lost, where do all thoughts go?" To gain an understanding of the scriptures is to gain truth. "The sacred pageWith calm attention scan! The "Word" itself, to be audible as such, must have become the Spirit's voice; then it takes of the things of God and speaks them into the conscience, which is the consciousness of the man. He did not take the nature of one race, or of one people, or of one colour, or of one clime; but He took upon Him the seed of Abraham: He took upon Him our nature and became the Son of man, so that none can claim Him exclusively, and say, "He did not die for you"; nor can any one say, "He died for me alone." its precepts, how holy!2. Saphir.We are familiar with the Word of God. Are there not some who would be ready to own that sermons have occasionally had on them a mighty and almost overcoming effect; so that they have felt constrained to give full assent to the truths uttered in their hearing, though these truths have convicted them of heinous offences, and proved them placed in terrible danger. You will think that I speak of some political or national crisis. Does any man suppose that, because we talk of laws, there is no lawgiver? There is a Word of God in Providence. David said, "Search me O God and know my thoughts, try me know my heart, and see if there be any wickedness in me.". It pierces between the joints and marrow, and marrow is a thing not to be got at very readily. The Word is living (Revelation 1:18, Greek; John 5:21, 24, 26; John 6:63, 68). 1. Piercing.6. It opens a man to himself, so that he may know himself in his moral actions and accountability.4. It cuts like a sword whetted on each side of the blade, piercing through to the place where the natural life of the soul divides from, or passes into, the supernatural life of the spirit. )The self-evidencing power of the BibleH. And my speech is to Him — my discourse, my self-disclosure, my uttered mind, my soul expressing itself in audible thought. I cannot call my "holy things" holy, for they are full of sin. The word of God in conscience is more, much more, than this. There is such an integration of the soul and spirit of man that many deny the existence of the spirit, but declare that the soul and spirit are synonymous. It is common to view sin, even when it is acknowledged and condemned by the transgressor, in the light simply of its effects on society, or the injury it inflicts on a man's own reputation, property, or health; but when the Divine Word penetrates the soul with a convertine power, it is no longer regarded with reference only to its personal or temporal consequences, but as an atrocious violation of the law and an insult to the glory of God. This sword can hew in pieces the most stony heart in the world; to see what blindness in the understanding, what frowardness in the affections. I dare not trust the sweetest frame. Take up any other book except the Bible, and there may be a measure of power in it, but there is not that indescribable vitality in it which breathes, and speaks, and pleads, and conquers in the case of this sacred volume. John 3:16, Jesus faith love), The Whole Bible And when his daughter replied, "Yes; is He with you?" Self knowledge is some of the most difficult knowledge to gain. "The world by its wisdom knew not God." If we mean to do good we must come unto men's hearts, not in word only, but with power. But all this is true in its practical application to every man individually. 3. Hewitt. They may be said to clothe themselves in that thick armour, the armour of indifference, and though dissection may be going on all around, they ward off from themselves the knife of the anatomist. The first readers were on the eve of a terrible crisis. Here are two suggestions concerning the penetration of God's Word. Even the Divine voices are many. And then we Christians — professing Christians — we have the law of God written again, republished by the Divine Registrar; the law so plain and so simple that any man that has a heart can understand it, and so beautiful, and bountiful, and benevolent, and perfect, that no man with any right moral sense can find fault with it or deny it. The rest of God is still in reserve for His true people. The Word of God, which is the real speech and utterance of all these voices, comes at last to the man himself in conscience. )Our relation to GodA. St. Paul likens the Word of God to the sword of the warrior, used as a weapon of the faith (Ephesians 6:17); the Book of Wisdom compares the almighty Word of God to a sharp sword, but uses a different word for "sword," evidently designating the sword of the destroying am, of, which executed God's mandate on the first-born of Egypt (Wisd. Its doctrines, how heavenly! And yet all these are external, as such, to the very "spirit of the man that is in him." There is no independent life but in the one Fountain of all life, and all other life is a life of dependence — a dependence of the creature on the Creator, of the thing made upon the Maker, of the thing living on Him that gave it life. It is a terrible thought that men have to do with God in all that they have, and abuse, and prostrate to their own destruction; it is all from God, and they cannot say in one thing they have that it is not from Him. St. Paul in Ephesians 6. speaks of "the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God." The Word of God is discriminating. It cuts like a sword whetted on each side of the blade, piercing through to the place where the natural life of the soul divides from, or passes into, the supernatural life of the spirit. We have to do with God fundamently and pre-eminently as our CREATOR Whence came we? Doctors say of certain drugs that they are inert — they have no effect upon the system one way or the other. H. Spurgeon.I. 2. That we use it to the most obstinate, to arouse their consciences and convict them of sin.7. 2. Last week we explored that situation and saw that the writer began his sermon to the group with soaring lines about the God who speaks (Hebrews 1:1-4). The author has been warning the Hebrew church of the danger of cultural Christianity. How much more cautious ought you to be when you know, not a holy man, not an angel of God, but God Himself, the Holy One, is inspecting your heart, your tongue, your hand, every moment, and that He Himself will surely call you to account for all yea think, speak, or act!(J. )The self-evidencing power of the BibleH. If you need as a minister, or a worker, anything that will cut your hearers to the heart, go to this Book for it. "You forgot to look up to the sky to see if God was noticing you " The father felt this reproof of the child so much, that he left the corn, returned home, and never again ventured to steal, remembering the truth his child had taught him, that the eye of God always beholds us.God seeing all thingsW. "Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes." Till then it is suggestive, it is contributory, it is evidential, it is not the verdict, nor the judgment, nor the sentence, nor the "Word.'" What an independence, what a dignity would it give to it! No, no, I will not sell it. But while the earthquake and the fire declare the approach of the Lord, it is in the still small voice that the Lord at last appears to take up His permanent abode. No created thing but is seen and manifest. And hence it is this gospel which especially is called the Word.1. Wherever it is preached, there is a conscience to act upon; amid all the derangements of humanity, a sense of right and wrong is never wholly extinguished, but even where that nature is most sunken, the principle is in action which applauds the cause of virtue and utters a protest against vice; and which, stirring up forebodings when the mind looks onward to death, witnesses powerfully to our living under a retributive government. We can see the power or energy of the Word when it fills those that hear and receive it with strong emotions, filling them with fear and terror, with grief and contrition; we can see its power in the sudden and striking changes it produces, when the thoughtless and worldly, the selfish and depraved, are arrested and quickened by its mighty power. -------------------- We also are passing through a great crisis. Strange that men live on year after year and go up and down, sleeping and waking, toiling and resting, mourning and rejoicing, and yet they can forget how it is that they live and continue in life; how it is that reason still holds its seat; how it is that the heart still throbs; how it is that the harp strings are kept in tune; how it is they are not continually tormented with anguish, distemper, and distress: can any man account for this? because less great — greater because individual. 2. An IRS audit is a time for fear and trembling because we are being laid bare before the one to … But there is another class of hearers on whom considerable impression is often made by the preaching of the gospel, who, while they remain in church, and are actually hearkening to the solemn truths of religion, feel an interest in what is said, feel its power, and wish to use it for their guidance; and in whom there seems the best moral promise presented of such an attempt at amendment of life, as would issue in genuine conversion. c. Whatever affects you spiritually will also affect you emotionally and physically. )God is presentK. The very conception of the spiritual is enshrined in the bosom of God's Word. It will move upon the mass of corruption; it will convince of sin; it will change the love of sin into the love of holiness; and will, if applied and carried out by the Church's wisdom, bring the wayward and ungodly affections into a stale of self-denying discipline, into humble submission to the Divine will.2. In any operation even the women sit unmoved. That we come to it for quickening for our own souls. This Word was a voice before it was a Book. But it is not the only one. The Word and its accompanying grace, with its doctrines, and promise, and ordinances, with the manifold ministrations of the Spirit, brings the mind altogether into a new condition. how often, "Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name."IV. THE CONCLUSIONS TO BE DRAWN FROM THESE STATEMENTS.1. "The world by its wisdom knew not God." ITS DISCERNING POWER.1. "Sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word." The "soul," i.e. 1. Next, the apostle tells us that this Word is cutting, A sword with two edges has no blunt side: it cuts both this way and that. If its eye is keen, its range of vision is also wide. C. How many times the scriptures have revealed to me the true motive of my heart. It is diversified according to circumstances, but the whole is based upon this principle — love to God and love to man. "Then do so now, for I have lost mine I " said the poor man. "Unto Him our word is." You know you mean God all the time."(J. For the word of God is living and active. And what account do we give of this phenomenon? In this passage the ideas of the two last authors are combined by way of warning to the disobedient; the Word of God is compared to the sword of the executioner, piercing with its double edge the very heart of the victim. It is compared to the seed which possesses vitality and power. Oh that Christ would sing, pray, love, live in me! Livingstone. The matter of fact is, that the gospel of Christ carries with it its own credentials. "(Gold Dust. We have to do with Him, "groaning within ourselves, and waiting for the adoption: to wit, the redemption of our bodies"; and we are able to testify that it is through His grace that He has made us His children.IX. This week’s reading from Hebrews continues to address the malaise that the writer’s community was experiencing. Sometimes they may be senseless, and have no feeling of the cutting of the Word, as those in Jeremiah; nay, they may even scoff at the Word preached, as the Pharisees did (Luke 16:14); their consciences may be seared up, and feel not the sword when it cutteth; as they that be in a lethargy, they may inwardly fret and fume, be in a pelting chafe with the preacher for reproving sins, as Ahab with Micaiah, and Jezebel with Elias, yet but like mad dogs, that sit biting of the chain wherewith they are tied, but not break the chain. The Epistle from which the texts come carries us beyond this vaguer and more general Divine utterance to another of which the very "differentia" is the personality. It searches out what has hitherto lain buried in the heart, and uncovers the false and transient from what is true and eternal. )The mighty power of the WordW. Major Prophets "(Baxendale's Anecdotes. If we did not make ourselves, if we did not string the harp, we cannot keep it attuned; if we did not form the mechanism we cannot keep it from decay and dissolution. It has been so from the beginning. On, where is Christ? The characteristics of this Divine Word are manifested in the effects of it upon the heart, in producing sanctification. Nothing certainly has occurred since the psalmist's day which could be supposed to have cancelled promise by performance. the man dropped the bag in a fright, and said, "Which way, child? " The "Word" of account was the first thought of the text. Prophets How powerful it is to convince men of sin! It is not perhaps the most beautiful or the most attractive. It is lively and mighty too, even in the very reprobate. No created thing but is seen and manifest. Johannine Writings On, where is Christ? Let us greatly reverence the Word of Cod. The spirit of the man has other words besides this to utter in the ear with which it has to do. II. Our Master's eye is always resting upon us. REFLECTIONS.1. Major Prophets II. Hebrews 4:12-16 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 12 Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. They are not able to discern the difference between the soul and the spirit. Verse 12 begins a new paragraph according to the UBS Greek text. 3. Without the Divine and mighty Ruler of all, what would take place? It shows the moral nature of what is revolving in desire, and forming itself into volition and action.IV. I begged her to take a copy and read it. This, too, is a severe progress, involving much struggle and self-denial. Historical Books Henry. It is that of which our Lord said, in reference to the volume of His own evidences, "Yea, and why even of yourselves," without waiting for sign or portent, "judge ye not what is right?" Lawson. I. The living Word is powerful or energetic. The characteristics of the Divine Word, as "quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword," are illustrated by its effects upon the intellect of man. Rendall, M. A.The same illustration is used by St. Paul, by Philo, and in the Book of Wisdom, but with a different application in each case. Consequence modified, which is a true description of Providence, tells of a power working which is no mechanical agency; in other words, of a mind purposing, and realising that purpose in ceaseless processes of adaptation. its precepts, how holy! its precepts, how holy!2. The Word of God is a personal word — it speaks to the personal being, as God made and as God sees him. Living.3. However, it is helpful to view Hebrews 4:12 … Minor Prophets "(Pasteur Hirsch. 4. It opens a man to himself, so that he may know himself in his moral actions and accountability.4. b. 4. And though it may seem somewhat extraordinary that notwithstanding the confessed diversity in human character, we should thus make a simple description serve as the moral portrait of countless individuals, you will remember, that practically, all men are alike; the differences are only superficial, so that Solomon could affirm that — "as in water face answers to face, so the heart of man to man." I have been quite astonished, again and again, at their calmness. The Gospels The potent influence of the Word is often for a long period concealed from the outward world in the depths of the soul. Its doctrines, how heavenly! Divine.2. With what vigilance should we guard our hearts! Hebrews 4:12 is often cited in our publications to show that the Bible has power to change lives, and it is perfectly proper to make that application. That we let it criticise us, and our opinions, and projects, and acts, and all about us.(C. Research shows how attitudes can create chemicals in your body that can be beneficial or harmful. S. The word of God in conscience is more, much more, than this. Intro. But it is not the only one. But where would the Word have been by this time, left to itself — left, I mean, to echo and tradition? When the preacher is speaking, the Word doth so pierce the hearts of the hearers, as that many in the church imagine that the preacher is acquainted with their sins. The Word is living (Revelation 1:18, Greek; John 5:21, 24, 26; John 6:63, 68). But when a man says, "I am very thankful to Providence," "Providence has been very good to me," I always feel disposed to say, "You coward! 4. 1. What pains do we take to please, to give satisfaction, to win applause, to be admired if it may be so, at all events to avoid censure one of another. "A religious reaction has set in upon me for some time. 5. It divides "both joints and marrow;" it investigates the most interior and hidden parts of man's being. What an independence, what a dignity would it give to it! IT IS A DISCERNER OF THE THOUGHTS AND THE INTENT OF THE HEART. We have to do with God, or, at least, we may have to do with Him — we have if we are wise, we have if we are saved — as OUR RECONCILED FATHER, "the Lord our Righteousness," in whom we are chosen, in whom we are sealed, in whom we are at peace with God. The Word comes forth like the sun, and introduces the knowledge of Christ and of His gospel into all the world. I realize that the road they once travelled was leading them to destruction, and I praise God for the power of His word, that has given them new life. Do not make a crime of it. Melvill, B. D.We may affirm of the Bible, that he who reads it with attention, will find his own portrait given with so much accuracy, his heart so dissected and laid bare for his inspection, that there will be nothing left for him but to confess that the Author of the Bible knew him better than he knew himself; knew him better than he would have been known by any being who could not read the thoughts and search the spirit. We have to do with Him as our Creator; we must have to do with Him in sickness and health, in peril and in safety, in life and in death, in madness and in reason, in the lunatic asylum or the house of prayer; we must have to do with Him as our Creator. What an independence, what a dignity would it give to it! With what vigilance should we guard our hearts! 4. Johannine Writings II. St. Paul in Ephesians 6. speaks of "the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God." For the word of God is living and active. But if he contents himself with having heard, and do not immediately and intently strive to act on its requirements, what is to be looked for, but that he will speedily lose all those feelings which have been excited within him, as the process went forward of dissecting the inner man? Might we but enter into this conception, what an elevation, what a grandeur would it give to the life! Hebrews 4:12 Parallel Verses [ See commentary ]Hebrews 4:12, NIV: "For the word of God is alive and active.Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the Burnet. Its adaptation to all ages and all peoples. "Sir," said a poor maniac, that had escaped from bedlam, and was passing along the streets of London, to a gentleman he met at the angle of one of the streets, "did you ever thank God for reason?" The text says of this crisis, of this trial, that it is the interchange, so to speak, of two "words" — the dialogue, I had almost said, of two speakers — the word of God judging, and the word of the man making answer and giving account. Hence the Word of God is not only a two edged sword in respect to conviction, but in respect to its operations in perfecting religion and preparing us for eternal glory.4. The effect of this Word upon the conscience, in convincing of sin and producing godly sorrow, is an illustration of the description in this passage. The Whole Bible IV. There is yet one condition more — we will end with it. Historical Books Whenever we feel weak in our duties, let us go to the Word of God, and the Christ in the Word, for power; and this will be the best of power. The speech of God is to thee — His discourse, His self-disclosure, His mind uttering itself, His Spirit breathing itself in converse. The characteristics of the Divine Word, as "quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword," are illustrated by its effects upon the intellect of man. How powerful it is for conversion! See to it, "for to whom much is given, of him shall be much required."VIII. 2. It will lay the heart open, and betray the secret filthiness, and all the sluttish corners of sin that be in it. God speaks, and man makes reply. The man stared, and said, "I cannot say that I ever did." The crisis of which I speak is that life-long trial, in which each one of us is standing before God's judgment-seat, and upon the decision of which depends for each one a future not to be measured by years, and not to be told in terms of human speech. But, now, there remains a most important question — how comes it to pass that if the Word of God possess this dissecting power, so that it lays man bare and exposes to his own eye all the secrecies of his soul — how comes it to pass that so little effect is actually produced? We have yet further to do with this great God as our JUDGE. The incommensureableness, in nature and dignity, of the two speakers, while it forbids not freedom in the inferior, forbids presumption; nay, precludes it as a tone and a feeling which would jar upon, and jangle out of tune, the very melody and harmony of the converse. When I returned to her kiosk all her immoral publications had disappeared. There are the hidden flowers of humility, of forgiving love, of patience and meekness; there are the unseen and unknown daily conflicts and victories; there is the crucifixion of the old man, and the constant renewal of the resurrection-life; and these are especially the triumphs of the power of the Word.3. An expository sermon from Hebrews 4:12 which explores different qualities of the Bible, the Word of God. The face in the water is not a more accurate copy of the face of the beholder, than is the heart of one man a copy of any other man's. It leads you into the lower Christian life (John 3:30); it discerns the thoughts and intents of the heart, the hidden self-complacency, the hidden ambition and self-will; it enters into the very joints and marrow, the energies and sentiments, the motives and springs of our actions, the true character of our rejoicing and mourning, our elevations and depressions; and then you say with the apostle: I have no confidence in the flesh, in my old nature, in me, body, soul, and spirit, as I am of Adam. It is alive in every part, and in every part keen to cut the conscience, and wound the heart. "To God," answered the mother, gravely, 'who remembers them for ever." We have to do with Him as our bounteous BENEFACTOR, our gracious Attender, and the Fatherly Provider of all we have. This book is as true and living for us today as it was for the men of the second century of our era; it is as applicable to the European as to the Asiatic. I have seen the countenance of people so changed after coming to Jesus Christ that I did not recognize them. and Peter answered, "To whom shall we go, Lord? The conversation is not between two equals, either of whom must contribute his share to the instruction and enjoyment of the meeting. We must have to do with Him, whether we will or not. The matter of fact is, that the gospel of Christ carries with it its own credentials. Today's sermon to the Hebrews hits close to home for us in contemporary America. 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